The Beauty of the Breastplate – Part 1
Twelve stones…engraved…according to the twelve tribes. Exodus 39:14
As you look at the breastplate worn by Israel’s high priest, you see how precious you are in God’s eyes as His redeemed child. The Bible gives us very detailed information about what the high priest wore, and there are no insignificant details in God’s Word. As we examine this breastplate we see something wonderful about the way the Lord sees us. There were twelve stones on it, each with the name of one of the twelve tribes. And since Jesus is our great High Priest, let’s look at this breastplate and see what we can learn. These were precious stones. God didn’t use common rocks and pebbles found in abundance in Israel; He chose the most costly, rare, and precious gems such as sapphire, topaz, emerald, amethyst, diamond, onyx, and jasper to represent us. Note the word precious. The Bible says you are ‘precious’ in God’s sight (see Isaiah 43:4). It also says that you were redeemed with the ‘precious’ blood of Jesus (see 1 Peter 1:19). How do you establish the value of something? By the price someone is willing to pay for it. So here’s a truth you must keep in mind when you have blown it and Satan is condemning you because of your sins and shortcomings. With full knowledge of all your sins – past, present, and future – God loves you so much that He sent His Son to redeem you by shedding His precious blood. And as long as you are trusting in Jesus, your value in God’s eyes never diminishes. Why does God think you are precious? Because at all times He sees you ‘in Christ’.
Heavenly Father, thank You for seeing me as one who is redeemed and precious in Your sight. In turn, help me to see and treat others that way as well. In Jesus’ Name, Amen